General manager (baseball)
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In Major League Baseball, the general manager (GM) of a team typically controls player transactions and bears the primary responsibility on behalf of the ballclub during contract discussions with players.
The general manager is also normally the person who hires and fires the coaching staff, including the field manager who acts as the head coach. In baseball, the term manager used without qualification almost always refers to the field manager, not the general manager.
Before the 1960s, and in some rare cases today, a person with the general manager title in sports has also borne responsibility for the non-player operations of the ballclub, such as ballpark administration and broadcasting. Ed Barrow, George Weiss and Gabe Paul were three baseball GMs noted for their administrative skills in both player and non-player duties.
- General manager § Sports teams
- Sporting News Executive of the Decade (2009)
- Sports Illustrated Best GM of the Decade (2009)
- Sports Illustrated Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade (in all sports) (2009)
- "Esurance MLB Awards" Best Executive
- Sporting News Executive of the Year
- Baseball America Major League Executive of the Year
- Baseball America Roland Hemond Award (for long-term contributions to scouting and player development)
- Baseball America Lifetime Achievement Award
- Honor Rolls of Baseball#Executives
- Sports Illustrated Best Franchise of the Decade (2009)
- Sports Illustrated Top 25 Franchises of the Decade (in all sports) (2009)
- Baseball America Organization of the Year
- MiLB "Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year" award (Baseball awards#U.S. minor leagues)
- Baseball America Minor League Executive of the Year
- Baseball America Bob Freitas Awards (for outstanding minor-league operations at Triple-A, Double-A, Class A, and short-season)
- Baseball America Independent Organization of the Year